Suryanamaskar is a very ancient technique for expressing gratitude to the Sun for being the ultimate source of energy. It is a sequence of 12 asanas linked to each other and should be performed in continuity.
How to perform
It is performed early in the morning on an empty stomach and is a set of 12 asanas. They are as follows.
Stand erect and keep the legs together. Start breathing in and lift both arms up. As you exhale, bring both hands in front and join in prayer position.
Standing straight, breathe in and lift your folded hands up backwards. While stretching hands up, keep the biceps close to your ears.
Now exhale and keeping the hands upwards, bend forward from the waist. Keep the spine and legs erect. Exhale completely and touch the floor with your hands.
Breathe in, keep hands down, and push your right leg back. Bring the right knee to the floor and look up keeping the spine as erect as possible. Push the right leg as far as possible.
Breathing in, take the left leg also backwards and bring it parallel to the right leg. Join them and rest on the floor on both the hands.
Exhale and bend your knees down to rest against the floor. Raise the hip slightly. Rest your chin and chest on the floor with both the hands bent and touching the floor.
Rest your waist and legs on the floor. Keep both hands on the floor and raise the body upwards from your chest. Look upwards.
Breathing out, keep the hands on the floor and raise the hip and tailbone upwards. Create an inverted V kind of pose.
Breathing in, bring the right leg forward. Place the leg in between hands and put the left knee down on the floor. Now, look upwards.
While exhaling, being the left foot forward. Keep both legs joined and straight. Bend your body forward from the waist with hands touching the floor.
Breathing in, get up, and repeat the second step by taking the hands up and backwards.
Stand straight in a relaxed position. Breathe normally.
Multifaceted benefits of Suryanamaskar
For its numerous benefits, Surya Namaskara or Sun salutation is considered as a single mantra for staying fit. Surya Namaskara is a complete body workout and works wonders. Regular practice will ensure your health and a disease-free body.